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Best Cover Band Songs

Posted on | August 27, 2012 | No Comments

If you’re in a cover band, you’ll know that your choice of songs is absolutely essential. The chances are that as a cover band, you’re mainly booked for functions or events, and you’re expected to lift the mood and give people something to dance or rock out to! Nobody will want to hear a cover of a Kraftwerk B Side or an Aphex Twin track I’m afraid, and you have to make sure you choose the right tracks for your set list. So what are the ultimate best cover band songs for you to wow your audience and fill the dance floors? Below is a huge list of the tried and tested with a few wildcards thrown in for good measure. Some are fast, frantic dance numbers, some are to take it down a notch and bring a bit of romance, and some are just for the shear beauty.

Aretha Franklin – Respect
Aretha Franklin – Rescue Me
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Micheal Jackson – Blame It On The Boogie
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Oasis – Dont Look Back In Anger
Oasis – Wonderwall
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
The Who – Pinball Wizard
The Who – My Generation
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
The Kinks – Lola
Alice Cooper – Schools Out
Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Kool and The Gang – Ladies Night
Prince – When Doves Cry
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
The Police – Dont Stand So Close to Me
The Police – Message in a Bottle
B-52s – Love Shack
Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle
Prince – 1999
The Knack – My Sharona
No Doubt – Don’t Speak
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
U2 – One
U2 – Vertigo
U2 – With Or Without You
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Bill Haley and The Comets – Rock Around The Clock
The Monkees – I’m a Believer
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Eagles – Hotel California
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Chuck Berry – Jonny B. Goode
The Jam – Town Called Malice
Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better

The list is endless really, and I could go on. The point is that some of the songs listed above might not be the most fulfilling to play or artistic/creative, but they’re crowd pleasers, and that’s exactly what you’re looking for in a covers band. I realise some might not sound like they suit your style or ability, but you can put your own slant on it, that’s what cover versions are all about.

Feel free to post any more genius ideas for the best cover band songs in the comments below.


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